28th August 2007
Pro-gay hip hop album released
3:17 PM — Traditional hip-hop lyrics about guns, women and homophobia are about to face a new competitor in the race for young Americans' hearts and minds.Princeton religious professor Cornel West has released an album designed to counter rap's negative image, with major names like KRS-One and Levert participating."We need to respectfully challenge [rappers] on the issues of misogyny and homophobia," says West.
Report highlights South African prejudice
2:54 PM — South Africans continue to find homosexuality unacceptable, but reassuring figures revealed last week show many people are teaching their children more tolerant attitudes.The South African survey of values, conducted last year by the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at the University of Stellenbosch, shows even those with a negative attitude towards gays are teaching their children to be more tolerant.A scale of acceptability saw South Africans put homosexual acts as more acceptable than prostitution and abortion, but less acceptable than mercy killing and divorce.
Gay hate singer calls GLAAD protests “stupid” 1
12:35 PM — Reggae star Buju Banton has shown his frustration at activists protesting his homophobic lyrics after a New York radio last week announced it would not broadcast a reggae concert as planned.The decision came after the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on Power 105, a hip-hop station, to cancel coverage of Saturday's Reggae Carifest because homophobic performers Banton and Bounty Killer were to perform.The station, owned by media conglomerate Clear Channel, came under intense pressure to pull out of sponsoring the event.
US Senator found guilty of gay misconduct 6
12:22 PM — Idaho Senator Larry E. Craig, a Republican politician who has consistently stood against gay rights, has been found guilty of disorderly conduct in an airport bathroom, court spokespersons have revealed.Mr Craig, 62, received a $500 (£250) fine and a year's unsupervised detention but escaped a ten day jail sentence.His political future hangs in the balance, however, following the publication of a detailed account of his behaviour in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Prison Break star to come out says blogger 1
10:41 AM — Rumours have been flying for months that Prison Break star Wentworth Miller is dating out actor Luke MacFarlane, best known for his stint as actor Matthew Rhys' boyfriend on ABC's Brothers Sisters.Now, the first photographs of the alleged couple have surfaced online, with blogger Perez Hilton claiming to have an exclusive that Miller is planning to come out.But Miller has previously told the press he's not gay when asked, insisting the real reason he doesn't date is that his hectic shooting schedule doesn't allow him any time.
AIDS fundraiser claims he was sacked for not being gay
10:35 AM — In a major twist to a discrimination case, former executive director of AIDS/LifeCycle charity filed suit in a Los Angeles courthouse against two nonprofit organisations alleging that he was fired from his position because he was not gay.The L.A. Gay Lesbian Centre and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation are both implicated in the alleged discrimination case.Jeffrey Shapiro was hired earlier this year to help organise the 2007 AIDS/Lifecycle event.
27th August 2007
Vermont takes first steps toward marriage equality
6:15 PM — The Vermont, United States, Legislature may soon take up the issue of 'gay marriage', if the formation of a recent commission is any indication.According to Associated Press reports, the ten-member commission was formed to decide whether the state should consider allowing same-sex couples to marry (civil unions were legalized in 2000).
26th August 2007
Hungarian homophobic party launches paramilitary wing 3
11:01 AM — The far-right Hungarian political party, Jobbik, known for their anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and homophobic rhetoric inducted the first members of its paramilitary wing outside the country's Presidential palace in Budapest yesterday.The founding members of Magyar Garda, or the Hungarian Guard, took oaths of allegance in front of over a thousand supporters of the Jobbik party waving red and white striped Arpad flags, similar to those used by the country's pro-Nazi Arrow Cross regime during the Second World War.
24th August 2007
Ugandan leader asked to end gay harassment 5
3:23 PM — Human Rights Watch has written to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni asking his government to repeal its sodomy laws and end a long record of harassing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.Last week the country's deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhindi called for the criminal law to be used against lesbians and gays in Uganda."I call upon the relevant agencies to take appropriate action because homosexuality is an offence under the laws of Uganda," he said.
Homophobic reggae stars force concert coverage cancellation 1
2:56 PM — A New York radio station owned by media conglomerate Clear Channel has announced it will not broadcast a reggae concert as planned.The decision came after the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on Power 105, a hip-hop station, to cancel coverage of tomorrow's Reggae Carifest because homophobic performers Buju Banton and Bounty Killer are to perform.Banton's notorious 1990s hit Boom Bye Bye appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head and pouring acid over the faces of gay people.
US tax authorities in court over trans rebate 3
12:28 PM — Lawyers for a woman who is claiming that her gender reassignment surgery should be written off for tax purposes as a legitimate medical expense have questioned the credibility of a government witness.The US Internal Revenue Service contend that such surgery is not "essential" and therefore cannot be tax-free.Rhiannon O'Donnabhain, a 63-year-old former sailor, is having her case heard in Boston.
Australian politician apologises for ‘poofter’ comment 1
11:51 AM — South Australia's Treasurer, Kevin Foley, has been forced onto the back foot by attacks from the gay community over his use of derogatory language in a documentary.In the film, made by documentary maker Bob Ellis, he asks a member of staff, "Is that one of your poofter beers? F**king hell."Gay activists leapt on the comment as dangerous and inflammatory.Ghassan Kassisieh of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby said: "It's not appropriate for someone in a position of leadership to be setting a tone for public debate that uses derogatory language."
Analysis: US gay men and the fight for same-sex marriage 6
11:34 AM — The proportion of American gay men calling for the right to marry their partners in a church is as low as 36 per cent, Community Marketing Inc.'s Gay Consumer Index has revealed.The study, which interviewed 12,044 gay men across America, claims to be the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. Survey participants were solicited through over 75 widely distributed internet and print publications.When asked if political leaders should "continue the fight for gay and lesbian marriage equality" only 36 per cent believed it should be a priority.
23rd August 2007
Polish activists create election list of homophobic politicians 1
6:30 PM — LGBT activists in Poland are compiling a list of politicians who have been hostile to gay rights ahead of a general election later this year.The website gaylife.pl is putting together the list, which includes MPs from all sides of the political spectrum."There's a parliamentary election coming. We want to enable the gay community to make a conscious choice and this is the reason for creating a list with the names of the people who have hindered us from achieving our goals," Marek Ryszard, of gaylife.pl told thenews.pl website.
Brad Pitt to produce trans drama 1
5:45 PM — Ryan Murphy, creator of popular US drama Nip/Tuck, has sold a pilot to the FX network for a series about a man who realises he is a transsexual.In a move which surprised many media observers, Brad Pitt is listed among the executive producers, in what would be his first foray into television.The programme has already faced two drastic changes, however. One was over similarities to a real-life transsexual while the other followed misjudgements over the weight of a penis.
PlanetOut CFO to stand down
4:17 PM — LGBT media giant PlanetOut has announced the departure of their chief financial officer.40-year-old Daniel J. Miller is the latest staff member to leave the company, which earlier this year was forced to close its international offices and cut back on staff.Last month a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates purchased a major stake in PlanetOut, rescuing them from bankruptcy.
Congress frustrates Foley scandal investigation
3:54 PM — Police in Florida have revealed they are being prevented from fully investigating the sexually-explicit internet communications between a former Congressman and male teenage House pages.Republican Mark Foley represented the state's sixteenth district in the House of Representatives for 11 years and was chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children.He resigned in September 2006 after ABC News reported he sent messages to current and former underage pages with references to sexual acts and genitalia.
Gay rights decision rests with Australian PM
3:25 PM — After a heated meeting of the Cabinet on Monday, the final decision about whether gay and lesbian couples in Australia will be given equal rights will be made by Prime Minister John Howard.His senior government colleagues are split on the issue. Some feel it is not a priority for the government ahead of elections later this year and are concerned about the cost of reforms.Other Cabinet members, especially those with sizable gay communities in their constituencies, argue that equal provision in areas such as Medicare and pensions must be in place before going to the polls.
San Diego set to erect statue of ‘intolerant’ mayor 6
2:29 PM — Gay groups and Latinos are uniting to fight plans for a statue of former mayor Pete Wilson to be erected in San Diego's downtown Horton Square.The former mayor, who is credited with revitalising the downtown area in the 1970's, is despised by immigrant groups for his attempts to deny illegal immigrants health and education benefits and by the gay community for his regressive views on sexuality."During Mayor Wilson's administration, it was like the dark ages for us," said gay activist Nicole Murray-Ramirez.
Persecution claims fail to halt deportation
1:46 PM — The Canadian Border Services Agency has refused to back down in the face of claims its deportation of a young Mexican man will condemn him to persecution and violence.Leonardo Zuniga, 25, arrived in Canada in 2004, filing an unsuccessful refugee claim that was appealed.Since then he has been a model citizen, volunteering with various Toronto social agencies and picking up an award for photography and queer activism.